Ron DeSantis again likens U.S. troops in Middle East to ‘sitting ducks’
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'We've got troops in Syria and Iraq. It's not clear what their mission is.'

Ron DeSantis is questioning President Joe Biden’s troop deployments to the Middle East. And while he won’t say whether there should be more troops or a total withdrawal, he says forces that are there are “sitting ducks.”

During an interview on the Hugh Hewitt Show, the Florida Governor and 2024 presidential candidate said he is concerned about “what Biden’s doing with our troops that are in the Middle East.”

“We’ve got troops in Syria and Iraq. It’s not clear what their mission is. They’re there in insufficient numbers to probably make a huge impact, but they’re there in sufficient numbers to be an inviting target. And Iran has lobbed attacks on our troops,” DeSantis said.

Describing retaliatory strikes against buildings in Syria used by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps as “a weak response,” DeSantis said Biden was “inviting more attacks against our troops.”

“I definitely wouldn’t have that policy where they’re sitting ducks and then it’s a weak response. If they shouldn’t be there, if it doesn’t make sense, then they shouldn’t. If they’re there and they’re attacked, then you’ve got to go fight back.”

The “sitting ducks” line is a rehash from an interview a few days prior, where the Governor again suggested that while there may be too many or too few American assets deployed, it’s clear the current number simply isn’t right.

“It seems to me we’ve got troops there. It’s not clear to me that we have enough troops to really make an impact with whatever they’re trying to do. And yet we have enough troops to where they’re going to be able to be targets. And so they’re kind of sitting ducks there,” DeSantis said on Friday’s “Fox & Friends.”

“Now, I’m not sure Biden’s policy with how he’s deploying those troops is the right one. He’s not really articulated why that’s there. It seems like the risks are better than the benefits in terms of that,” DeSantis added during the Friday segment.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


  • Tom

    October 31, 2023 at 9:28 am

    Not clear why they’re there? So he thinks he’s a front runner and should be getting security briefings now? Tiny D is getting a little ahead of himself methinks.

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  • Terri

    October 31, 2023 at 9:37 am

    DeSantis just proves every day that he is unfit to be president! He certainly is not a good Governor either as he has messed up every aspect of Florida. Total Loser!

  • Michael K

    October 31, 2023 at 9:38 am

    It almost sounds like he is hoping for some disaster.

    By the way, did Hewitt also ask DeSantis about his lies regarding weapons shipments to Israel?

    • MH/Duuuval

      October 31, 2023 at 10:20 pm

      Has the weapons purchase — or merely its shipment on the taxpayer dollar — been shown to be inaccurate? Because it it is in the media and spreading.

  • PeterH

    October 31, 2023 at 10:19 am

    DeSantis knows how to disenfranchise America’s fighting forces and their families. How much hate for Patriots protecting America’s strategic interests are Americans willing to tolerate?

  • Wilson James Loyd

    October 31, 2023 at 11:51 am

    DeSantis refuses to say if he would increase or decrease the troop level. Their mission is clearly to prevent the reemergence of ISIS and deter Iran. Like his mentor, he only knows the politics of grievances and retribution. Too dumb to lead.

  • My Take

    October 31, 2023 at 3:16 pm

    My mere guess is that troops in Iraq specifically are there mainly just to protect the air bases we use.

    • MH/Duuuval

      October 31, 2023 at 10:21 pm

      Apparently there is a contingent of special ops on the ground sharing intel and suggesting approaches from our experience in Iraq.

  • Neal Khan

    November 4, 2023 at 6:01 am

    Our daily dose of warmongering neocon comments, courtesy Florida Politics. Easy duty to sit behind keyboards and root as Americans are shipped to that desert hell–down payments to the Democratic Party’s war machine.

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